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Kellie Lunney

Senior Correspondent Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.
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OSHA Will Not Furlough Employees

February 27, 2013 Employees at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will not be furloughed under sequestration, according to an agency memorandum. The agency outlined its plan, which includes a freeze on bonuses and hiring, in a recent communication to employees. OSHA employees will be spared from involuntary unpaid leave if the automatic...

Next up for Agencies: Bargaining Over Furloughs

February 26, 2013 Federal employee unions and agencies are starting to negotiate the details of expected furloughs if sequestration takes effect on Friday. The head of the National Treasury Employees Union said on Tuesday she expects to schedule a meeting next week with the Customs and Border Protection agency to begin bargaining over...

Treasury Refills Federal Pension Coffers

February 25, 2013 The Treasury Department has made whole the federal pension coffers it tapped during the latest debt ceiling debacle, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The government has reinvested $28 billion back into the government securities (G) fund, said Kim Weaver, the board’s director of external relations. President Obama...

MSPB Braces for Possible Flood of Furlough Appeals

February 22, 2013 The small federal agency that handles appeals from government workers who have been furloughed could be inundated with complaints if sequestration happens. If Congress doesn’t reverse the dreaded automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin taking effect March 1, hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be furloughed on and off...

Defense Policy Chief Outlines Furlough Preparation

February 21, 2013 A senior Defense official is urging his team to review office responsibilities and assign backup personnel to projects to ensure work isn’t neglected if employees are furloughed. James Miller, Defense undersecretary for policy, sent an email on Wednesday to the policy team outlining plans for adequate staff coverage if sequestration...

What Will Happen to Your TSP If You Are Furloughed?

February 21, 2013 With possible federal sequestration furloughs just around the corner, Thrift Savings Plan enrollees may want to start thinking now about how a smaller paycheck could affect their retirement accounts. It’s looking more likely that Congress and the White House are going to let sequestration happen. The automatic, across-the-board budget cuts...

House Votes to Extend Federal Pay Freeze

February 15, 2013 This story has been updated with additional comment. The House on Friday voted to freeze the pay of federal employees and lawmakers through 2013. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., prolongs the current across-the-board pay freeze for civilian government employees through the end of the year. President Obama...

House to Vote on Fed Pay Freeze

February 14, 2013 This story has been updated. The House Thursday afternoon paved the way for a full vote Friday on a bill that would extend the federal pay freeze through 2013. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., along with 28 cosponsors, wants to prolong the current pay freeze for civilian government employees through the...

Federal Pay Groundhog Day

February 14, 2013 Federal pay again is dominating the news, as the Obama administration and House Republicans yet again offer contrasting proposals on government salaries. President Obama is proposing a 1 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees in fiscal 2014, which we reported Friday evening. The White House announced the decision to...

Obama: We Need 'Smarter Government'

February 12, 2013 President Obama called for smarter government during his State of the Union address Tuesday night in a speech that focused on creating more jobs and strengthening the economy without adding to the country’s deficit. Early in his one-hour speech, Obama addressed the fiscal battles that have dominated his time in...